Channel: Mufti Menk
Series: Mufti Menk - Ramadan 2016
Ramadan 1437H 2016 from Bosmont Masjid in Johannesburg, South Africa, Episode 9
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Salam aleikum wa rahmatullah wa barakato.
Bismillah al Rahman al Rahim al hamdu Lillah wa Salatu was Salam ala rasulillah Allah Allah, he was happy here.
We praise Allah subhanho wa Taala we send blessings and salutations upon Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, his entire household, all his companions, we ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bless them all. And to bless every single one of us, my brothers and sisters, when we fulfill Salah, we should never be in a rush. When we fulfill salah and the prayer that we fulfill five times a day, one of the biggest weaknesses that we have is we always are in a rush because we'd like to do something else. So we are always rushing. And we are always thinking of the thing that we are going to be doing after the prayer. Try and change that in order to save ourselves from losing the reward of
such a great connection with Allah subhanho wa Taala put everything aside. You know, when we are on our phones, especially nowadays, you have technology, you have all these social media platforms, you have WhatsApp etc. When you are sitting with your phone, you can sit for hours on end and you won't even know that the time has passed. Why don't we realize that when it comes to Allah subhanho wa Taala let everything wait. Take your time in ruku say the vicar properly, get up and go to the frustration to the sujood and take your time there and come up without thinking of what you're going to be doing. After you complete that prayer. This is a gift of Allah subhanho wa Taala that He
bestows upon those who are keen to please Him. May Allah subhanho wa Taala makers from them. Yesterday we ended on verse number 86 of Salatu Missa where I spoke about the greeting, the importance of responding to a greeting and at the same time being genuine, when you greet someone, Allah subhanho wa Taala says, Why either How is he better yet? How you been? Son, I mean ha do when you are greeted with a greeting, then respond to it with a better greeting or at least give it back exactly as it is something equal for indeed a lot takes record of absolutely everything. When we say Assalamu alaikum Did you know it is a it is a prayer. It is a supplication you are asking for the
person whom you are using the greeting upon. So you say May peace be upon you. What that means is I ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to bestow His peace and blessings upon you and his mercy if we were to add what hashmatullah hear about our cattle, so as salam would actually mean all the different aspects of peace. I would like them to be on you, starting with me, I won't harm you so panela and then we respond similarly to wish the person also similar piece What a beautiful greeting Allah says, if you are in fact the hadith of Muhammad Sallallahu Sallam says Allah De Luca mala ambreen either fall to move the habit of Should I not direct you to something if you are to fulfill it, it
will result in mutual love, love will spread amongst you have sure Salama by Unicom, spread the greeting of Salaam and spread peace amongst yourselves. Now Allah subhanho wa Taala help us don't make it a habit of greeting only those you know, or only those in position of authority or related to you or your friends. Make it a habit to greet people you know, and those who don't know greet them with a smile and mean it from your heart be genuine, when it comes to the greeting May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us verse number 94 Salatu Nisa a beautiful lesson, it is revealed in the context of warfare, where Allah subhanho wa Taala says, when you go out and when you are traveling
on the earth, and as I said it was revealed in the context of war.
Don't say to someone who greeted you with the solemn that you are not a movement, you are not a Muslim. The fact that he greets you with a salaam aleikum, the first feeling within your heart should be that this person is a Muslim. Yes, if you authenticate and you find out there are some people who might greet you with a greeting just because they know it. So they're happy and proud to greet you with a similar greeting. You have that a lot in our communities where a non Muslim would say Salaam Alaikum just because they know it and they will smile at you. So the point being raised here. Yeah.
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demo Mina oh you who believe when you are treading on the earth going out to battle or going out in the cause of Allah subhanho wa Taala then authenticate and make sure thoroughly before labeling someone who has greeted you with Salaam as a non Muslim. This goes to show if we'd like to save ourselves from harm and from hatred In our own communities and societies, we must abstain from calling people caffeine. You might want to say a certain deed is a deed of coffee, but don't ever label someone a coffee. It is extremely dangerous. It is very, very dangerous. We are taught that if there is one sign of a man and there are so many signs of Khufu that one sign of Eman overtakes the
signs of gopher We ask Allah subhanho wa Taala to help us We ask Allah to help us love one another and to increase the love and the muhabba in the oma of Muhammad sallallahu alayhi wa sallam Today we are in desperate need of that. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of an extremely important issue. Do you know that we as Muslims, when we commit sin, we are taught to repent we've spoken about it we also know allies most forgiving, Most Merciful. Allah has mercy extends beyond seeking forgiveness and forgiving only because you have sought forgiveness, he will also forgive you at times without you having sought forgiveness if he
wills. So he says when a person dies, he will look at the deeds of the person and they will be put on the scale. You know if your good deeds are heavier than your bad, he will ignore the bad and put you into general and if your bad deeds are more than your good, then he will look at those bad deeds and he may just forgive them May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive our bad.
He may just forgive those bad deeds. But there is one sin he says I won't forgive. If you commit it in your lifetime and you seek forgiveness while you're alive, I will forgive you. But if you die in the condition of not having sought forgiveness from that particular sin, it is so serious. It is the most serious sin Allah says so serious that if you die without asking me to forgive you, I'm not going to forgive you for that particular sin. But anything else I may forgive you even if you haven't asked for forgiveness and you die in that condition. So look at the mercy of Allah and look at the power of Allah and look at how serious this must be because for a photo Rahim, most
forgiving, most merciful to tell you this one thing I really won't forgive you. We should be bothered about you. It should be the topic of every day's discussion because we should make sure we are not engaged in it at all. So what is it? It is something known as association of partnership with Allah in the Arabic language ashiq
May Allah subhanho wa Taala safeguard us normally and usually when we use the word shield, a lot of people tend to get upset. Why are you overusing this word? The reality is look at how serious it is. Look at how serious it is. Allah says it's the only thing that I will become so angry with that if you have died without seeking the forgiveness. Then Allah subhanho wa Taala says I won't forgive you listen to the best number 116 of Salatu Nisa in Allah Allah
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economy Asha, Allah will not forgive. Allah will not forgive a person who dies without seeking forgiveness from shield from association of partners with him in worship, ascribing with him partners in worship, but besides that sin, He can forgive anything he wishes. That's what he says he will forgive whatever he wishes that one, he warns us and he says, Don't come on the day of judgment and say you will not want May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us a deep understanding, may we save ourselves from cheating. May we save ourselves from being among the losers on the day of judgment? Well, llahi my brothers and sisters, if it wasn't a serious matter, we wouldn't discuss it. And
Allah subhanho wa Taala would not have mentioned it, but because he has mentioned it in a more serious way than any other sin. It's important for us to keep on speaking about it, whether people like it or not, whether they don't like us as a result, or like us. It's got nothing to do with the truth. The truth will remain May Allah subhanho wa Taala grant us understanding, then Allah speaks about justice. What happens nowadays is and this is something serious. People know who is right and who is wrong, but they will side with the person who is wrong knowingly, because that's the father or that's the brother that's a family member or it's a wealthy person or it's a person who you work
for someone in authority. Allah subhanho wa Taala warns us, Allah says stand firm for justice, even if it is against yourself, or your father's, your parents or your relatives. You need to be just you need to stand firm for justice.
A Muslim will always side with whoever is right, no matter who it is. There were times at the at the occasions at the time of the Prophet sallallahu, alayhi wasallam. and thereafter, when there were disputes with between Muslims and non Muslims, and the judges or the decision was made in favor of he who was right, and if it happened to be the non Muslim, so it was served in his favor. And this is how the non Muslims accepted Islam as well. They realize that these people stand for justice no matter what even though I'm not a Muslim. There is an incident of the kadhi where there was something between Ali Abu Talib radi Allahu anhu, and another man. And the judge actually asked for
the evidence, Sheree, who was the thought he was a very famous Kageyama to lay a judge. He asked for the evidence. And later on, he told me the meaning of the law. No, you know, as much as I know, I know something. But I have to judge based on evidence and the evidence is in favor of this man. Anyway, they gave that man whatever it was, and that man went away. And as he's going away, he realized that you know, these Muslim men, they granted me something. And I know it's not actually my Subhan Allah, he came back he declared his Shahada and he declared what the truth was, according to one of the narrations. So this is something very important. Allah says in verse number 135, of
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Oh, you who believe stand firm for justice, declaring the witness for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Even if it is against yourself or your parents or your relatives, if the one is wealthy or poor, remember, Allah comes before them. That's what Allah say, Allah comes first. May Allah protect us, like we said, save yourself from the punishment of this world and the next by being just save yourselves by giving the bad image of Islam by being just and honest and upright, it is something important, then we all want to save ourselves from the punishment of jahannam. That's the topic of our series this year, save yourself. So Allah says invest number 147 of Salatu Nisa, he tells us
something he says, Allah doesn't want to punish you. He doesn't need to punish you. He's not gaining anything by punishing you. So Allah says, My love will be either become Chicago tomorrow.
What is Allah going to do by punishing you, if you are going to be thankful and you're going to believe, which means if you want to save yourself from the punishment of Allah, you need to be thankful. show gratitude to Allah by doing what? You know, we are taught to say Allah Malik Alhamdulillah cashew, O Allah, for you belongs all praise and all fans or love for you belongs all praise and all thanks. But that's not enough. We cannot just say things and not mean it. How many of us use the word?
I love you when you don't love someone? Let's be honest.
To see the laughter Can you hear it happening here? You know, you've deceived people by telling them I love you. And you don't love them just because you want to get to them, perhaps in an immoral way. So you say I love you. And like I said the other day, perhaps you might add something to that to try and make it sound true. Love. Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us when Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us. So there is no point in someone saying I love you when their life is being led in the direction of hatred towards that person. Similarly, there is no point in someone saying, oh, ally, thank you for everything you've given me. But there's no Salah there's no zakka there's no proper
dress code. We don't get out of the clubs. We are not people who leave and quit pornography and all the bad habits for the sake of Allah. Even if you don't say I love you, you know, our parents, our parents and grandparents I'm sure a lot of you would admit, have you ever heard them tell each other I love you. I don't think so. But they love each other more than you and I love our own spouses to see because they knew that look, it's got to do with the value of the relationship. It's not got to do with a mere statement today. Even if you say it 1000 times your wife will say I don't believe you know Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive us.
So my brothers and sisters is extremely interesting that for Allah subhanho wa Taala what is more important prove yourself by getting a for Salah by fulfilling your duties unto Allah read the Quran recited, go through its meaning prepare for the day you meet with Allah and also declare the praise of Allah through your tongue. That is also important, but it's not the only thing. Remember that. So this is a very important verse for us to save ourselves from that
punishment. Allah says, What is Allah going to do by punishing you if you are thankful? And if you believe May Allah grant us that I mean, then it's important for us to know that backbiting is prohibited. We all know that. But sometimes if someone does something bad to you and you want to seek justice for you want to warn the other people about the bad that this person has done to you, are you allowed to talk about it? The answer is yes. It's not backbiting. Imagine you go to report someone to the police. And you know, you've been beaten up or someone has done something wrong to you and you go there to say, you know, someone did something wrong to me, but I can't talk because
it will be backbiting.
You cannot do that, or someone asks you, there are two things that you need to be very honest about. You will be punished if you are not honest. When someone asks you the opinion of another person when they want to get married to the person. You have to be brutally honest. There's no backbiting in that regard. You have to be brutally honest.
And when someone is asking you your opinion, because they want to enter into a business transaction with someone and you have had previous experience, it is your duty to be brutally honest. Look, brother, I did a deal with this man and he robbed me for $20,000 straight look, you can find out from others but with me I had a raw deal. And I'm just letting you know, let them have the information without wanting to or without telling them No, don't do this and he's a terrible man. He's a crook. He said this is a that mentioned what happened and stop there. So the idea must only be to inform them so that they can be aware. That's it. It's not to belittle someone else. Remember
that. The same applies if you were married to someone and you someone else wants to marry them and you know they are on drugs. My parents listen to this if you know your child is on drugs will lie It's haram to hide it from someone who wants to get married to your child thinking that never mind date as it is everyone is on weed, isn't it? Remember I told you before, the only weed that's permissible for Muslim men is
Allah subhanho wa Taala help us the rest of the week. We don't know about it's not permissible. You cannot say it. So be brutally honest. Look, it's my son. We've had an issue with him regarding substance abuse, Mashallah we went for rehab, and I'm quite sure he's safe. And he's out out of that. Or you can be honest look, he's got a problem. And this is his bad habit, if you know it, never hide. Parents sometimes lose their hereafter by lying about their children to make them seem like they are all you know, saintly and godly, not being honest, because they just want the child to get married. You have issued its death sentence to someone else daughter, sometimes you have issued
a really you have punished someone else for no reason. They might have had children with your child and you knew all along and you lie. So Allah says, Be honest, in this regard. There is no backbiting. Don't come and say, I didn't tell you because you know, that would have been backbiting man. Allahu Akbar. The man's got two children outside of wedlock and you didn't say it. Come on. Why not? No, it would be backbiting now you've suddenly become so holy and pious, but you don't even read your Salah. You don't even fulfill Zika you're not even interested you on the bottle every other day. May Allah forgive us. May Allah help us save yourself from all these bad habits in order
to earn the pleasure of Allah subhanho wa Taala. So this is Allah subhanho wa Taala telling us verse number 148. So to Missa LA, you hit Bula
immunol Cole, Allah does not like for someone to openly utter bad speech regarding someone else. In law, no name except for the one who was oppressed. You're oppressed, you have every right to go and seek justice to let others know, this is what happened to me. I'm not talking about a third party and fourth party that you're not allowed. That's backbiting. But I am talking about first party second party, you are allowed to speak about someone you had firsthand dealings with and you know this person is bad or you know that they have some quality in them that is dangerous. It's up to you to let the people know for the sake of Allah subhanho wa Taala. Like I said, not to belittle
someone, but to save the others. You want to save yourself from harm, you would appreciate it if someone else warned you in advance regarding these two issues. Similarly, you should warn others in advance regarding the same two issues never lie in this regard. May Allah forgive us I know of so many cases of marriages that have taken place and the people are suffering just because there was lies before the marriage, they covered up in a very big way for the sins and the bad habits and characters of one of the two of them or both of them. May Allah subhanho wa Taala not make us from among those I mean,
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and the fact that if you are to disbelieve, it's not going to
harmala if a person this believes it's them who are plunging themselves into Hellfire, nothing happens to Allah. Allah doesn't need our worship. And Allah is not benefited by a person who worships Him, nor is he harmed by one who does not worship Him. The benefit and harm is for us as human beings. So Allah says in verse number 170, of suatu, Nisa
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all people, the messenger has come to you with the truth from Allah subhanho wa Taala the truth from Europe so believe it's better for you, it's better for you. Allah says, believe in what the messenger has brought, it's better for you, but thereafter he says, Why?
e Murphy, sama, Summer 81. And if you are to disbelieve, then remember, nothing changes in the ownership that Allah has of the heavens and the earth, nothing changes. If you just believe it hasn't affected Allah in a slight in the slightest way. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us save ourselves from the rock that is in this world as well as the next I mean, we move on to slaughter Merida. A surah. Named after the late tablecloth in it mentioned is made of some halal food haram food how important it is to say the name of Allah when you are sacrificing or slaughtering the animal and so on how to do it in the most humane way which animals are permissible, not permissible.
Some detail is mentioned. But let's remember Allah subhanho wa Taala says in verse number two of surah, two
he tells us something whereby if we were to fulfill it, we would save ourselves from a lot of harm in this world. Allah says you cooperate with one another, not in bad, only in good. don't cooperate with one another in sin and in evil No, but help each other when it comes to achieving something good, something beneficial, something that is righteous, something that is filled with God consciousness, then you help each other listen to what Allah says, what I want.
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and cooperate with one another help one another, when it comes to righteousness and piety that which is good, upright, beneficial, positive, anything that is good, you help one another you will support one another but that which is bad, Allah says never ever cooperate with each other when it comes to sin and enmity, hatred, etc. Don't. So if someone tells you can I have a lift with you, brother? Where are you going? I'm going to the masjid Mashallah, Okay, welcome my brother, why I'm helping him to achieve something good. I will get a reward for it. But he says, you know, I'm just going to the club around the corner. You know, it looks at you like this. What do you do? excuse yourself, my
brother. You can even say a word. Please don't go there. Please don't do that. It is harmful for you and you drive away, leaving him in the cold. May Allah subhanho wa Taala forgive him and forgive us. Don't think you know it's called he's a human being. Let me just take him to the pub, you know, at the end of the day, he might scrounge $1 or two from you. Did you know that? And he will tell you a bit you know now I don't know how I'm going to go back and I need transport and I just need one round just one. He's told that to another 50 people do you know that and you're not going to give him one grand you're gonna give him 1005 Be careful, do not cooperate when it comes to sin. Because
Allah subhanho wa Taala definitely will hold you responsible. You take a share of that sin because you were involved in it. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us the same applies when wrong is going on in any way. Don't be a part of it. When people are sitting in backbiting. The Quran says and we will see perhaps in one of the days where the Quran tells us to get up and walk out. Don't be a party to that. Because Allah says you don't want to be just like them in sin. May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us like I said, save yourself the hassle. By only cooperating regarding goodness. I mean, when we speak again in salted Merida about justice, but this time from a different angle. We
already spoke about your parents and justice whether it is against yourself and your relatives, the rich and the poor. That was in the previous surah when it comes to Surah to Merida, Allah subhanho wa Taala uses a similar verse But he says you need to be just even with your enemies. Don't let your hatred for someone make you be unjust.
Sometimes you dislike someone. So a person says you know I really hate these people and something
happens. And those people are innocent for example, and you say no, no, no, I don't mind I don't give a damn I know. Allah subhanho wa Taala says even with your enemies you must be just listen to the verse, verse number eight, while I Ajay demon aku, Shanna and hakomi Nana Allah, Allah da Dino, Dino
La. Never let your hatred of a nation make you be unjust with them. Be just no matter what it is definitely closer to piety and fear Allah be conscious of Allah, you are answerable to Allah. If someone is innocent, they are innocent, even if they happen to be from amongst your enemies. The man is owed something be just May Allah subhanho wa Taala save us from the torment and the punishment that will be served to those who are unjust, I mean,
then we have the issue of murder, mentioned also inserted into the story of Abel and Cain have been and are being the children of Adam alayhi salatu was salam, verse number 28. And verse number 32. And the verses between they make mention of the story where the children of Adam, they fought each other, they became jealous of one another. Remember, jealousy can lead to much more, it can become physical, and it can become really dangerous. loss of life can also occur. And the seed was only a seed of jealousy. So stop being jealous of others, in the case of Abel and Cain have been unhappy with the children of Adam May peace be upon him. The one says la portolan I'm going to kill you to
his brother. Cain tells Abel, he's going to kill him. So Abel, happy. He tells his brother Kabila says, You know what? Why do you want to do that? What is that to start with, but shavon had already taught him how to kill.
And so he says, and this is a beautiful verse number 28 la
la de Cali tabula Nima and Abby basilia DE LA County apostolic, in de la, Bella, tell me, if you are going to stretch your hand in order to commit the crime of murder, that you'd be known to you that I am not going to stretch my hand in order to commit the crime.
Because I fear Allah, the Lord of the worlds anyway, the one committed the crime. And you know what happened thereafter? Allah subhanho wa Taala makes mention of something extremely powerful. he regretted it because he killed his brother. And after that Allah says, We wrote upon the children of the Prophet Yaqoob, the children of Israel, we wrote for them and the rule applies to all of us, that if you kill one innocent person, it is equivalent to having killed entire humanity. Because you committed a grave injustice, life is sacred. Remember that you cannot just take it away. Life is sacred. So if you are to kill one innocent person, it is as though you have destroyed entire
humanity. And if you have saved one life, it is equivalent to having saved entire humanity. Notice year. Allah doesn't use the word Muslim. Allah doesn't use the word believer. Allah uses the word knifes knifes meaning a soul, an individual, a person, anyone, you save their life, you've saved humanity. You took their life away, you've taken the life away of humanity. Listen to the verse Allah says
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me, because of that we prescribed upon the children of Yaqoob Allah is salatu wa sallam, that if you were to take the life away of one innocent person, it is as though you have taken the life away of entire humanity. And if you have saved one, you have saved entire humanity. May Allah subhanho wa Taala help us fulfill his command. May Allah help us to regard and to consider life sacred as it is and May Allah subhanho wa Taala protect us all masala Allahu wa Sallim wa barik ala nabina Muhammad Subhan Allah who will be handy to panic alarm or the Hamdi Ganesha to Allah Allah, Allah and the stones